. . . Thursday October 14, 2004

Make That “Everything” About Mary

The after-debate throwdown over Kerry’s utterance of Mary Cheney’s name while answering a question about homosexuality is heating up.

Dick Cheney is “a pretty angry father.”

Lynne Cheney is even more angry.

And the Vice President went so far as to say: “You saw a man who will say and do anything in order to get elected. And I am not speaking just as a father here, though I am a pretty angry father, but as a citizen.” Oh, and he went on to explain that John Kerry is unsupportive of the troops and too weak to be a commander in chief.

Elizabeth Edwards may have had the clearest response to the outrage being expressed by the Cheneys and the rest of the right:

“I think that it indicates a certain degree of shame with respect to her daughter’s sexual preferences. It makes me really sad that that’s Lynne’s response.”

Is there any other way to read into the rage expressed by Lynne Cheney?

Andrew Sullivan chimed in again:

“In many speeches on marriage rights, I cite Mary Cheney. Why? Because it exposes the rank hypocrisy of people like president Bush and Dick and Lynne Cheney who don’t believe gays are anti-family demons but want to win the votes of people who do. I’m not outing any gay person. I’m outing the double standards of straight ones. They’ve had it every which way for decades, when gay people were invisible. Now they have to choose.”

Whenever Cheney talks about his daughter, it is wildly clear that he supports her and doesn’t feel ashamed of her. Yet, he has backed his President on a constitutional chirade that has no real use other than to whip up a frenzy among rabid right wingers in the Bush/Cheney base; those folks, in other words, who would see it as a terrible crime to mention the Veep’s gay daughter during a primetime address. Those are the same voters who will respond to the faux-outrage on display today.

So which side is willing to do anything to win? The side that participates in the wanton hypocrisy of hate politics aimed at friends and family in order to secure their base, or the side who points out that it’s happening?

Here’s a weird idea. Let’s hear from Mary?

Concentration is important!